Eat Greens, Ride Green
Try Transit to the Wednesday Farmers Market
On April 17th the Jefferson Transit Authority Board approved the Jefferson County Farmers Market’s request to provide space at the Jefferson Transit Authority (JTA) Haines Place Park and Ride for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. JCFM and JTA are happy to announce the move of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market to the Haines Place Park and Ride starting June 6, 2018, from 2 to 6 pm.
Last market season, JCFM began looking at the possibility of moving its mid-week market to a new location. The Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market provides an important gathering space for direct commerce between local farms and artisan food producers. While this market is much loved by participating vendors and our uptown community, it was not covering its cost of operation or reaching a wide local audience in its uptown location. Over the last three years, the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market had an average of five to seven vendors weekly while at its height it had as many as 20 participating vendors.
JCFM conducted surveys last market season among market vendors, as well as among community members at the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market, the Chimacum Farmers Market, the Food Co-op, the Haines Place Park and Ride and the neighboring Claridge Court apartments. While JCFM was considering various other locations, the Haines Place Park and Ride was the most popular alternative market location among community members and vendors alike.
The JCFM vendors and board hope that this move will foster a new mid-week farmers market shopper base while continuing to welcome our established market community. We identified the Haines Place Park and Ride as a possible location based on accessibility from all parts of Jefferson County, proximity to the Boat Haven, the densely populated Castle Hill neighborhood, Jefferson Healthcare and other neighbors.
The market day of the week is also a good fit for the Park and Ride location. The Port Townsend Food Bank is open on Wednesdays and Jefferson Transit provides transportation to and from the Park and Ride for many Food Bank customers. JCFM offers matching funds for shoppers when they use their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card at market as well as for families who receive WIC and seniors who receive Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers distributed by OlyCAP. JCFM served approximately 500 people last market season through its Gimme5 and Fresh Bucks food assistance matching programs. However, some 4,400 Jefferson County residents qualify for federal food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). JCFM hopes to connect with more shoppers who qualify for EBT/SNAP and/or use the Port Townsend Food Bank at the new Wednesday Market location.
JTA is pleased to provide a venue for the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market. The market move will encourage transit use to the farmers market. The Haines Place Park and Ride is the hub from which Jefferson Transit buses travel all over the county. Both JCFM and JTA are hopeful that the market move will support increased use of the Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market by shoppers living in all parts of our county.
General Manager Tammi Rubert welcomes the Wednesday Farmers Market to the Haines Place Park and Ride and stated, “JTA is honored to be working with the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. This partnership will help promote local growers, businesses, and public transportation. We are hoping that the convenient location at the Haines Place Park and Ride will make the Wednesday market easily accessible to the public."
In addition to moving the market, JCFM is offering a weekly kid’s club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets this season. The Power of Produce Club (POP Club) will educate children who are five to 12 years old about seasonal eating, local farming, nutrition and health through games, food sampling and activities. Children registered in POP Club will get $2 for fresh fruit and vegetables after they participate in weekly activities at the farmers market. Stay tuned for more information about the opening days of the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets in upcoming newsletters.
See you at the Market! ~ Amanda
From the PTFM to Your Kitchen
By Sasha Kaplan, JCFM Board member
We just experienced several blissful warm days here in the Pacific Northwest. Everywhere I looked neighbors were out gardening and planting. While it’s too early to plant some crops, I can’t help but dream about making pesto. Before we blink, maybe three months down the road, beautiful bunches of basil will be available at the PTFM, or perhaps in your garden, ready to turn into bright green silky-smooth basil pesto. Pesto just means “herb paste” in Italian. It can be made by combining various herbs and leafy vegetables. So while we’re waiting for basil to hit the farm stands at the market, we can still make pesto this spring or really year-round. Consider the carrot… carrot tops, that is.
Recently when I bought a couple bunches of carrots at the market, I was asked if I wanted my carrot tops removed. I said, “No, I plan to make carrot-top pesto!” The vendor said I was the third person that day to mention carrot-top pesto.
Basil days are yet to come this summer. So for now, try making some pesto with the greens of the season. You can add flat leaf parsley leaves, spinach, arugula or green garlic, or use your imagination to make other kinds of pesto.
This is a loose recipe, in that you can substitute your favorite nut or seed for the traditional, expensive pine nuts. Try toasted pumpkin seeds, raw cashews, or toasted almonds. And you can make the pesto with just carrot tops or mix in some parsley or other leafy green. If you use green garlic, you won’t need any fresh garlic cloves unless you really like to clear the room! This pesto is great spread on toast, as a sandwich spread, on fish or mixed into pasta. This recipe should yield about one heaping cup of pesto.
Well-washed leaves of a bunch of carrots, stems removed
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup toasted nuts or seeds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup grated parmesan, romano, or maybe soft goat cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
First puree the garlic in a food processor. Next add leaves, drizzle a little oil and add nuts or seeds. Add cheese, lemon juice, rest of the oil, and blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy, and see you at the Market! ~ Sasha
- Saturdays Weekly, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Farmers Market, Tyler Street
- May 5, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market, live music from 10am-1:45pm by Kynan Shane
- May 12th, 9am-2pm Port Townsend Saturday Farmers Market and 9am-4pm free collage-making event in the PT Community Center with Local 2020 and Jefferson County's Earth Institute
- May 19th, 9am-2pm Rhody Festival Farmers Market on Tyler Street. Watch the parade and visit the Farmers Market for farm fresh and artisan food, arts and crafts
- May 26th, 9am-3pm, Artisan Food Festival at the Port Townsend Farmers Market: 70+ local farm, artisan food and arts vendors; chef demonstrations; raw and prepared shellfish by Johnson & Gunstone Shellfish, cheese and wine tasting with Mt. Townsend Creamery and Port Townsend Vineyards; kid's activities; more!
- June 3rd, 10am-2pm, Chimacum Farmers Market Opening and the first day of the Power of Produce (POP) Club. Stay tuned for more information about our new weekly kids club at the Port Townsend Wednesday and Chimacum Farmers Markets.
- June 6th, 2-6pm, Port Townsend Wednesday Farmers Market Opening this season at Jefferson Transit's Haines Place Park and Ride
From Our Vendors
Red Dog Farm is bringing our last full display of tulips this Saturday! Celebrate Mother’s Day early and bring your mom a bouquet of spring beauty. We have more peony-types, as well as parrots, lily, fringed, and more. Its been a wonderful tulip year- thanks for all your support!
If gardening is on your mind, consider planting a veggie garden. We have a large selection of seasonally appropriate vegetable, fruit, herb and flower plants ready to go in the ground! We also have some new veggies this week: arugula (finally!), radishes, green onions, and more!
BluJay Kombucha is joining us for their first market this Saturday with three flavors of kombucha. Visit Andrew Hamm for a night blooming jasmine, berry or ginger kombucha.
One Straw Ranch has a new batch of beautiful wool yarn! Our flock of Romney sheep grow wool that is lustrous and durable with colors ranging from natural white through gorgeous shades of brown and gray. At small mills on Whidbey Island and in Oregon we have our un-dyed wool blended with bamboo or mohair and spun into yarn that works up wonderfully for outerwear such as socks, sweaters and gloves. The bamboo and mohair add even more sheen, durability and softness. We also have 100% wool yarn, wool roving for spinning, raw wool, and felting kits. Stop by and see how you might add local fiber to your next project!
Local 2020 and Jefferson County's Earth Institute will co-host a free collage-making event on May 12th, just before Mother’s Day, from 9am to 4pm at the Port Townsend Community Center. Community members are encouraged to honor the Earth with cards, concerns, hopes and dreams through collective collage-making. Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own magazines or pictures to share. Largely a "silent" experience, reverence and inward awareness about our relationship to the Earth will be encouraged. Out in the lobby, information about Local 2020, its newest Action Group - the Sound Institute for Community Resilience, and the Earth Institute discussion courses will be available. Questions? Call Judy at 385-5794.